Full Committee Markup: Votes

Full Committee Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Time: 04:00 PM Location: Longworth House Office Building 1334


  • H.R. 3990 (Rep. Rob Bishop of UT), To amend title 54, United States Code, to reform the Antiquities Act of 1906, and for other purposes.  “National Monument Creation and Protection Act.”
  • H.Res. 555 (Rep. Raúl Grijalva), Of inquiry requesting the President and directing the Secretary of the Interior to transmit, respectively, certain documents and other information to the House of Representatives relating to the executive order on the review of designations under the Antiquities Act.


  • The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) lack of transparency in President Trump’s sweeping review of our national monuments has been hypocritical and troubling. To respond, the Democrats on the Committee introduced a resolution of inquiry (ROI) that requires the administration to formally release a final report, as well as all supporting documents related to the executive order.
  • Secretary Zinke has failed to deliver on his promise of an “open review process” by not providing more information about his agenda, analysis, and full scope of findings from his national monument tours and meetings. During the 60-day comment period, more than 2.8 million responses were submitted and revealed that a large majority of Americans are supportive of maintaining or expanding current national monument boundaries.
  • National monuments help drive economic growth in local communities by increasing local tourism and outdoor recreation. Shrinking or modifying national monuments will jeopardize hard-working people’s livelihoods and local economies for the sake of increasing mining and energy industry profits.
  • Chairman Bishop has decided to markup the ROI within the 14-day time period in order to retain control of the resolution. Because he abided by the timeline, he can prevent our members from making a privileged motion to discharge the committee and bring the ROI to the floor.
  • This markup is an excellent opportunity to highlight and discuss the lack of transparency and harm that would be caused by the implementation of Secretary Zinke’s recommendations, which will increase press coverage and public scrutiny of the issue.